Migraine Headaches

23 Apr, 2016 | Dr. Malik | No Comments

Migraine Headaches

Migraines are a type of headache often occurring due to stress. Migraines usually do not occur due to trauma or muscle strain. They usually start in the forehead and side (fronto-temporal) regions of the head and can spread to other areas including the neck and upper back.

Migraine headaches are usually accompanied with nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines are often one-sided and can be moderate to severe in their intensity. These types of headaches may respond to treatment including:

  1. Graston Therapy
  2. Manipulation/Mobilization
  3. Massage Therapy

After a complete assessment treatment could include manual therapy, stretching or strengthening exercises, and/or modalities depending on the impairments noted.

Signs and Symptoms

  • usually arises between 20-30 years of age
  • throbbing headache of moderate to severe intensity
  • headache usually begins in fronto-temporal region with spread to other areas including the neck
  • usually one-sided headaches that may change sides
  • other symptoms include – nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and/or sound


  • often stress-related
  • not related to trauma or strain

Treatment Options

  • may respond to medication
  • may or may not respond to manual therapy

To learn more about treatment options for migraine headaches at our clinic book a free consultation today! 905-593-1605


Cervicogenic Headache Hans van Suijlekom, MD, PhD*; Jan Van Zundert, MD, PhD, FIPP†‡; Samer Narouze, MD, FIPP§ ; Maarten van Kleef, MD, PhD, FIPP‡ ; Nagy Mekhail, MD, PhD, FIPP